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Old 14 January 2006, 15:39   #31
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Mercury did at one stage market the rhino rider as an alternative to a PWC, and they are like comparing Paris Hilton and Margaret Thatcher.
I agree they are like chalk and cheese. I wondered if a PWC was more suited to his needs. But not if he want's to fish from it!

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The rhino I drove was gutless taking an age to crawl onto the plane and you spend the whole time pressing as hard as you can on the throttle, im surprised the control box didnt come off in my hand.
No experience of a rhino - but my boat is slightly lighter, and almost a meter longer, and has no problems getting onto the plane. In fact she still planes easily even with huge amounts of water on board (hit a very big wave).

I guess it also depends a little on your expectations and what you are used to. I used to think I was accelerating fast in my 1.8L C5 until I drove my friends RX8 recently!

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Probably topped out at 25mph, on the flat
That sounds "about right" but thats more down to the relatively small engine rather than the boat.

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and in the rough you had to come off the plane, whilst they are good as a fun run about
I admit that my boat is wet in the rough but I don't have to come off the plane. Might not be an issue for the type of boating he seems to be interested in though...

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they do not compare to a 4m rib. Im sure they are over 5k new and you can get a much more capable boat for the money.
I have just done a google search and a new rhino looks like it is about 2.6k (ish) so you are probably right that with a new engine, and trailer you are looking well over 5k... ...but then you would be looking at that for a new rib too... so you have to compare like with like.

I would agree - he can almost certainly save significantly by either going second hand or looking at the all plastic boats I mentioned (theres an ex demo MacAttack available for 4.5k just now!), or one of the inflatables xpertski was suggesting. Its worth bearing in mind that second hand boats (especially ones that "look" cheap) can often cost a lot in the long term though...

I think what are both suggesting to Fix3d_ is that there might be other boats around which are equally if not more suitable than the Rhino.

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Old 14 January 2006, 17:07   #32
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oy, what was that ADS? lol, ohhh another option may be a zodiac futura, not sure if that woould fit criteria also, but its a quick boat, bigger than the mentioned, and will easily plane and tow inflatable tows, maybe worth a look?
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If there's more than just you and you want to fish, get a 4m rib. Me and the g/f fish from the sr4 and any smaller would be a struggle.

It's useful having the ballast chamber on the searider too-it's nice and stable at rest so we can fish in far worse swells/chop than most hardboats of a comparable size
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Thanks for the advice everyone , duely appreciated! I'm going to steer clear of the rhino and possibilly try more towards a searider, im going to keep my eyes open up till summer and take my time in purchasing, i'll post piccies when i've brought one
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Thanks for the advice everyone , duely appreciated! I'm going to steer clear of the rhino and possibilly try more towards a searider, im going to keep my eyes open up till summer and take my time in purchasing, i'll post piccies when i've brought one
Good luck, don't buy the first one you see, there are loads of Seariders about. Boatsand outboards is up and running again, theres a selection of seariders on there:

SR4 and 2002 40HP 4stroke

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